Happy St. Patty's Day Everyone!!! Hope you all have been having a good March so far!!!! I know all of us have really been looking forward to the start of Spring next week but it looks like Old Man Winter might overstay his welcome with us this year. Winter Storm Stella really made our local area look a lot more like it does in a typical January and made me wonder if Mother Nature has gotten a couple of her dance cards mixed up for 2017. As many of you may know by now, I can have fun in snow any day, of any week, of any month. It's really great stuff, although I will admit that I've not been able to move around as well in the aftermath of this storm compared to all of the previous storms we've had. The snow is almost as deep as I am tall!!!
The snow does also make it much tougher for my parents and I to get out for walks and to get out to the dog park. I absolutely love the Wantage Dog Park. I've been there enough times that I know the way to the park and now anytime we drive close by to the park, I start making quite the ruckus in the back of the car. Luckily for me, our being close to the park does most likely mean we are actually going to stop and I REALLY carry on excitedly as we enter the parking lot. My parents have taken me to a few different dog parks (there's not so many in our area unfortunately) and we all agree, hands/paws down, that the Wantage Dog Park is the best!
Aside from St. Patty's Day, which is I know is near and dear to many of you as an excellent occasion for some good beer and good times, March is also marked by another very special day, K9 Veterans Day. Although not nationally recognized and therefore not widely known, March 13 was established by the late military dog handler Joseph J. White and is acknowledged in several states as a day on which animal lovers can honor the many loyal dogs who serve or have served in military, law enforcement and other capacities. Significant use of dogs in military efforts began with World War II, when dogs were "drafted" to perform sentry, messenger, scout, sled and pack duties. Since then, over 30,000 dogs have served in the military. Dogs are also very widely used at the federal, state, county, and local levels of law enforcement for a variety of duties, including drug, bomb, and weapon detection and cadaver searches. May we all take some time in March to appreciate the service of these brave and loyal dogs!!!
Well that's all that I have to report for March!!!! As much as I've enjoyed my most recent frolics in the snow, I'm very much hoping that we will all be reveling in some actual Spring-like weather when I touch base with you all again in April!!! Everyone have a very safe and happy time celebrating St. Patrick's Day!!!
With warmest regards and sweet puppy kisses,
Piper, The Rescue Mutt
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.